After signing left-wing Zac Rinaldo to a one-year, two-way contract over the summer, the Columbus Blue Jackets announced on Tuesday that the 31-year-old’s invitation to the team’s training camp has been rescinded after Rinaldo refused to get a COVID-19 vaccine. He will report to the AHL’s Cleveland Monsters.
“Forward Zac Rinaldo, who we signed to a two-way contract this summer, is not vaccinated and because of that – and that’s his decision – the plan is to start him in the American Hockey League and he will not be coming to our training camp,” Blue Jackets President John Davidson said.
Rinaldo gave a short speech against vaccine passports at a PPC rally last week. “I’m not anti-mask. I’m not anti-vax. I’m pro choice,” Rinaldo claimed.
The Blue Jackets fired assistant coach Sylvain Lefebvre last week after he declined to get vaccinated.
The NHL has required every coach, player, staff, and management member to get vaccinated prior to the start of training camp this week.
By Harrison Brown